The Best Winter Golf Survival Tips
February 22, 2018
Golf is an all year round sport, although you may be thinking otherwise. Yes, we all prefer those long summer days with no wind to play our beloved sport but if you are itching away looking at your golf clubs over in the corner, there really has never been a better time to get practising than in winter. Courses tend to be quieter and also there are some great deals on equipment and gear around.
So, if you feel you want to go and enjoy the golf course even in winter, we are here to give you our best winter golf survival tips to get you through those colder days out on the course.
The evenings may be dark and dim, the course may even be drenched and muddy, but don't let that stop you from practising that killer swing. There are plenty of indoor venues dotted around the country, so if the weather really is too bad to venture outside these will be your best bet. In fairness, the putting might be a bit hit or miss on these simulators are great for driving and iron shots.
Make The Most Out Of The Winter Greens
Yes, we are serious! Temporary greens might not help you're putting too much, but they can assist your games in other areas. Due to the winter greens being smaller it really does help with your emphasis on distance control. This also helps with your iron play and overall focus, due to aiming for smaller targets forces us to think about the shot more than usual.
Another benefit of winter greens is their position, they tend to be in front of the actual green, reducing the yardage of the course and also ensuring that we all hit shorter irons into the target. This also allows us to improve our wedge play without even realising it.
Use A High-Vis Yellow Ball
Not so long ago, yellow balls were frowned upon but now the likes of Srixon, Bridgestone and Wilson offer some of their premium models in yellow.
Serious golfers do tend to stay away from the yellow colour, even though they perform exactly the same as the white ones and are much easier to spot among leaves or frost. A famous golf ball designer had previously conducted extensive visibility testing in order to determine how much easier it is for a player to see yellow balls compared to the standard white version, and at 225 yards the yellow balls were twice as easy to see.
Keep Your Body Warm And Working
In order to help optimise your swings and be ready for the course, the best thing you can do is to increase your metabolism by taking food or drink that stimulates the nervous system and to get your body working a bit harder than usual. A couple of cups of strong coffee will do this, other good options being green tea which raises the body temperature and is thought to benefit your blood pressure.
One thing you should definitely be avoiding before teeing off is any type of alcoholic drink. Booze is the last thing you want in your veins as it will lower your core and peripheral body temperature.
Start Getting Your Golf Ready For The Spring
There are many reasons to keep playing and working on your game during the winter months. Playing in different and challenging weather teaches you how to adapt to conditions, which is a crucial part of being a great golfer.
If you only limit yourself to playing in perfect weather all the time, you will only learn to hit one iron, one distance, but if you get to play in wind and rain and cold, you will learn to hit pitching wedge 120 yards when it is blowing a gale.
Finally when the last thing to mention is to make sure all your equipment and even yourself is all weather-ready as you never know when a shower or gust of wind will arise during the winter months. The best way to protect yourself is to make sure you are dressed warmly and also get yourself a golf umbrella so if a sneaky rain cloud suddenly arrives you can have shelter from both you and your equipment.